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These questions are answered below:

 

'What does 'new media' mean exactly?

Doesn't ".com" mean that this is an American commercial site?

What's with all the flowers?

What happened to the Flash animation on the first page?

How do I make a website?

What does 'new media' mean exactly?

 

'New media' refers to electronic, interactive media -- as opposed to the 'traditional' media such as newspapers, magazines, television, radio and movies.

The traditional media are put out to a broad audience, and are characterised by the fact that you can't really pick their content for yourself.

The new media are characterised by the fact that you play an active role in homing in on the precise content you want to view, and that these resources are (hopefully) updated electronically, and there is potential to interact with them.

Increasingly, of course, there is convergence between 'traditional' and 'new' media -- you can get the Web on your TV, or TV on your computer, and digital television is more interactive and has more content than conventional broadcasting... and so on.

This site is almost wholly about the internet -- the World Wide Web in particular.

Doesn't ".com" mean that this is an American commercial site?

 

A ".com" address is often commercial, but "dot com" domains have also become accepted as the most generic of all domains; not all of them are commercial. They are not necessarily American, either; since they have no geographic component, they should be universal.

On this site, the ".com" indicates not commerce but communication, community, compassion, comedy, and, er, a bunch of other words like that.


What's with all the flowers?

 

At first the design of the site was rather too "clean and technological" and therefore fitted a bit too comfortably into the boyish hegemony infused in the internet. (That was before the snail arrived too). I thought some flowers might undermine that -- and brighten the place up, as they say in hospitals.
Another good thing about the flowers is that I haven't seen anything else like them on any other website, and it's always nice to be different.

Technoids will note that another good thing about the flowers is that they are a triumph of fast-download design: when the site first loads, your computer puts the three flower files into its cache (a tiny 2.5k for all three), and thereafter the flowers are displayed in different layouts, and in different sizes, but you never have to wait for these graphics to arrive again.

What happened to the Flash animation on the first page?

 

An explanation of why we used to have quite a nice Flash animation, but got rid of it anyway, appears on the somebody ate my Flash page.
 

How do I make a website?

 

Look at the DIY web kit.

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